My husband & I are pretty frugal when it comes to travel. So lately to save money, we’ve been trying to pack carry-on only when we fly; the charges per checked bag can add up quickly!
One way to save a little space while packing is to “stuff” your own travel neck pillow with clothing.
If you already travel with a neck pillow, this is a game changer! Imagine all the extra space you’ll have in your bag. If you haven’t traveled with a neck pillow or are worried about looking weird, the comfort is so worth it!
Want to give it a try too? Tons of travel neck pillows have pillow cases with zippers (you know, so that you can wash them sometimes). If you already have a neck pillow with a zippered case, awesome! Just take the pillow out, and replace it with t-shirts or whatever clothing you’re packing that’s soft.
I love sewing so I decided to whip up a travel neck pillow case out of some soft minky fabric. (check out my other blog: Stitch Sense if you love sewing, crafty, & handmade things) I just used scrap fabric, and a clearance invisible zipper to make my own pillow case. Then, I added a couple of loops, so that it can be secured onto a bag or suitcase while walking through the airport.
These little pillows don’t seem like they can hold too much (and obviously it depends on the season, and size of the clothing) but I was super impressed. My little travel pillow holds TWO OUTFITS, AND A SCARF!! I have 2 tank tops, 1 pair of gym shorts, a roughly knee-length skirt, AND a big scarf inside my travel pillow.
Sure the actual pillow material is probably a little more comfortable, but if you’re looking to save some room in your bag, it may be worth a try!